While it was a difficult day on the national level, here in Massachusetts we had a successful Election Day in which we helped to elect six new environmental champions and re-elect six incumbent champions who had tough races. We worked in districts across the state to promote incumbents and challengers who support our work and we educated voters about incumbents who had poor voting records on the environment. Most importantly we helped to build the power of the environmental movement so that we can hold our elected leaders accountable in the next legislative session and ensure that Massachusetts continues to lead the country on environmental issues.
We are excited about four of our endorsed candidates who won hard fought races for open House of Representatives seats: Natalie Higgins (Leominster); Dylan Fernandes (Falmouth); Joan Meschino (Hull); and Jack Patrick Lewis (Framingham) . They join Solomon Goldstein-Rose (Amherst) who won in the primary and was unopposed. In addition, our endorsed candidate Julian Cyr won an open Senate seat on the Cape, overcoming a late barrage of outside spending targeted at him. In all these races, the ELM Action Fund and the ELM Action Fund PAC worked to contact, pursue and turnout environmental voters.
We are also pleased to report that we were successful in six Senate and House races where our endorsed candidates won very competitive races. On the Senate side, three of our endorsed environmental champions Senator Anne Gobi (Spencer); Senator Eric Lesser (Longmeadow) and Senator Barbara L'Italien (Andover) were able to defeat strong challengers. On the House side our endorsed champions Representative Cory Atkins (Concord), Representative Dan Donahue (Worcester) and Representative Mike Day (Stoneham) all won tough races. These Senate candidates and Representative Atkins all received support from the ELM Action Fund Independent Expenditure PAC which used mailings and social media to pursue and turnout environmental voters.
Finally, we want to thank the nine candidates who ran but were not successful We are grateful for their willingness to run for public office and their commitment to supporting environmental issues.
- Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Democrat of Amherst in the Hampshire Franklin Worcester Senate District.
- Julian Cyr, Democrat of Truro in the Cape and Islands Senate District.
- Senator Jamie Eldridge, Democrat of Acton in the Middlesex and Worcester District.
- Senator Anne Gobi, Democrat of Spencer in the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex District.
- Adam Hinds, Democrat in the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden District.
- Senator Patricia Jehlen, Democrat of Somerville in the 2nd Middlesex District.
- Senator Eric Lesser, Democrat of Longmeadow in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District.
- Senator Jason Lewis, Democrat of Winchester in the 5th Middlesex District.
- Senator Barbara L'Italien, Democrat of Andover in the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District.
- Senator Marc Pacheco, Democrat of Taunton in the 1st Plymouth Bristol District.
- Senator Bruce Tarr, Republican of Gloucester in the 1st Essex Middlesex District.
House of Representatives:
- Representative Cory Atkins, Democrat of Concord in the 14th Middlesex District.
- Representative Ruth Balser, Democrat of Newton in the 12th Middlesex District
- Representative Christine Barber, Democrat of Somerville in the 34th Middlesex district
- Representative Tom Calter, Democrat of Kingston in the 12th Plymouth District.
- Representative Jim Cantwell, Democrat of Marshfield in the 4th Plymouth District.
- Representative Daniel Cullinane, Democrat of Dorchester in the 12th Suffolk District.
- Representative Josh Cutler, Democrat of Duxbury in the 6th Plymouth District.
- Representative Angelo D’Emilia, Republican of Bridgewater in the 8th Plymouth District.
- Representative Mike Day, Democrat of Stoneham in the 31st Middlesex District.
- Representative Marjorie Decker, Democrat of Cambridge in the 25th Middlesex District.
- Moses Dixon, Democrat of Worcester in the 17th Worcester District.
- Representative Dan Donahue, Democrat of Worcester in the 16th Worcester District.
- Representative Carolyn Dykema, Democrat of Holliston in the 8th Middlesex District.
- Representative Lori Ehrlich, Democrat of Marblehead in the 8th Essex District.
- Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat in the 3rd Berkshire District.
- Representative Kimberly Ferguson, Republican of Holden in the 1st Worcester District.
- Dylan Fernandes, Democrat of Falmouth in the Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket District.
- Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Democrat of Amherst in the 3rd Hampshire District.
- Representative Kenneth Gordon, Democrat of Bedford in the 21st Middlesex District.
- Representative Danielle Gregoire, Democrat of Marlborough in the 4th Middlesex District.
- Representative Stephan Hay, Democrat of Fitchburg in the 3rd Worcester District.
- Representative Jonathan Hecht, Democrat of Watertown in the 29th Middlesex District.
- Sarah Hewins, Democrat of Carver in the 2nd Plymouth District.
- Natalie Higgins, Democrat of Leominster in the 4th Worcester District.
- Paul Jacques, Democrat of Rehoboth in the 4th Bristol District.
- Aaron Kanzer, Democrat of Barnstable in the 2nd Barnstable District.
- Representative Mary Keefe, Democrat of Worcester in the 15th Worcester District.
- Jack Patrick Lewis, Democrat of Framingham in the 7th Middlesex District.
- Representative Jay Livingstone, Democrat of Boston, in the 8th Suffolk District.
- Representative Adrian Madaro, Democrat of East Boston, in the 1st Suffolk District.
- Joan Meschino, Democrat of Hull in the 3rd Plymouth District.
- Paul Moody, Democrat of Hanover in the 5th Plymouth District.
- Kara Nyman, Democrat of Hanover in the 5th Plymouth District.
- Matt Patrick, Democrat of Falmouth in the 3rd Barnstable District.
- Representative Denise Provost, Democrat of Somerville in the 27th Middlesex District.
- Representative William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Democrat of Lenox in the 4th Berkshire District.
- Representative Dave Rogers, Democrat of Cambridge in the 24th Middlesex District.
- Representative Paul Schmid, Democrat of Westport in the 8th Bristol District.
- Representative John Scibak, Democrat of South Hadley in the 2nd Hampshire District.
- Representative Frank Smizik, Democrat of Brookline in the 15th Norfolk District.
- Representative Thomas Stanley, Democrat of Waltham in the 9th Middlesex District.
- Mike Toole, a Norton Democrat in the 1st Bristol District.
- Representative Tim Toomey, Democrat of Cambridge in the 26th Middlesex District.
Special Elections 2016
Special Elections 2015
"The ELM Action Fund was a tremendous asset to our special election state senate race in the 2nd Plymouth and Bristol district. The assistance provided by the Campaign Fellow Program and the targeted outreach to environmentally conscious voters were enormously helpful. The short time frame of a special election required a swift and strategic approach to voter outreach and engagement. The ELM Action Fund moved quickly and effectively to help Senator Brady secure a resounding victory. " - Sean Shortell, Campaign Manager, Mike Brady for Senate (Fall 2015)
"As an ELM Action Fund Campaign Fellow, I gained valuable experience working first-hand with the Campaign Manager. ELM provided me with training to help me further my understanding of how to be an effective campaign worker. My dozens of hours with the campaign included a wide variety of activities from direct voter outreach to organizing phone banks and assisting with fundraising. This experience helped bring to life the concepts I learn about in the classroom. I'm proud to have played a role in helping to elect an environmental champion to the state senate. " - Tom Holmes, ELM Action Fund Campaign Fellow, Suffolk University Freshman (Fall 2015)
We endorsed 39 Environmental Champions in fall 2014, 37 of whom won their general election. That is a 95% success rate for general election legislative races.
Candidates-elect are listed alphabetically by last name.
Balser, Ruth (D-Newton, 12th Middlesex)
Barber, Christine (D-Somerville, 34th Middlesex)
Cullinane, Dan (D-Dorchester, 12th Suffolk)
Cutler, Josh (D-Duxbury, 6th Plymouth)
Day, Michael (D-Stoneham, 31st Middlesex)
Decker, Marjorie (D-Cambridge, 25th Middlesex)
Donahue, Dan (D-Worcester, 16th Worcester)
Dykema, Carolyn (D-Holliston, 8th Middlesex)
Ehrlich, Lori (D-Marblehead, 8th Essex)
Garballey, Sean (D-Arlington, 23rd Middlesex)
Hecht, Jonathan (D-Watertown, 29th Middlesex)
Kaufman, Jay (D-Lexington, 15th Middlesex)
Kulik, Stephen (D-Worthington, 1st Franklin)
Livingstone, Jay (D-Boston, 8th Suffolk)
Naughton, Harold (D-Clinton, 12th Worcester)
Peake, Sarah (D-Provincetown, 4th Barnstable)
Provost, Denise (D-Somerville, 27th Middlesex)
Rogers, Dave (D-Cambridge, 24th Middlsex)
Schmid, Paul (D-Westport, 8th Bristol)
Smizik, Frank (D-Brookline, 15th Norfolk)
Story, Ellen (D-Amherst, 3rd Hampshire)
Ultrino, Steven (D-Malden, 33rd Middlesex)
Vega, Aaron (D-Holyoke, 5th Hampden)
Walsh, Chris (D-Framingham, 6th Middlesex)
Barrett, Michael (D-Lexington, 3rd Middlesex)
Brownsberger, William (D-Belmont, 2nd Suffolk & Middlesex)
Creem, Cynthia (D-Newton, 1st Middlesex & Norfolk)
Donnelly, Ken (D-Arlington, 4th Middlesex)
Downing, Benjamin (D-Pittsfield, Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden)
Eldridge, James (D-Acton, Middlesex & Worcester)
Jehlen, Pat (D-Somerville, 2nd Middlesex)
Lesser, Eric (D-Longmeadow, 1st Hampden & Hampshire)
Lewis, Jason (D-Winchester, 5th Middlesex)
L'Italien, Barbara (D-Andover, 2nd Essex & Middlesex)
McGee, Thomas (D-Lynn, 3rd Essex)
Pacheco, Marc (D-Taunton, 1st Plymouth & Bristol)
Wolf, Dan (D-Harwich, Cape & Islands)